What Should I Do Immediately After a Death has Occurred?

By: Tom Gallagher
Thursday, June 11, 2020

It is natural to feel lost and overwhelmed when a loved one dies. However, family members have several responsibilities and tasks to perform immediately after death. At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we have an experienced funeral director who can help with all aspects of planning a funeral. We have assisted hundreds of families to deal with the death of a loved one. Here are some suggestions that can help:

1. Announce the Death

The first thing is to inform all authorities involved. If a loved one dies in a hospital or hospice care, the establishment will make the arrangements for a legal pronouncement. However, if someone dies at home, you need to call 911 and inform the emergency services of the situation.

2. Notify Close Friends and Family

You will need support and assistance immediately after a loved one dies so you need to gather all loved ones and family. Call immediate connections as soon as you can or have the hospital call some support for you. It isn’t a good idea to deal with such a loss alone.

3. Contact the Funeral Director

Contact a funeral home close to you and ask for assistance. A funeral home can make arrangements for everything from transporting the body to booking a cemetery. If your loved one has already planned their funeral, contact the establishment they choose to ensure the deceased individual’s final wishes are carried out properly.

4. Make Sure All Dependents are Safe

If the deceased individual had any minor children, elderly parents, or pets, make sure they are safe. Ask a family member to take them in or live with them for a few days until more concrete arrangements can be made.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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